Siemens to Incorporate G&D StarSign USB Tokens

Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) is supplying Siemens Enterprise Communications (SEN) with smart cards and cryptographic USB tokens from the StarSign product family. The two companies intend to offer their customers jointly-developed company ID and identity solutions in a global cooperation model that would take effect immediately.

“In developing the StarSign family, we have created highly secure and flexible identification solutions for company networks," says Dr. Kai Grassie, head of new business at G&D. "The partnership with SEN will now enable us to offer these solutions to a much wider market.”

Franz-Josef Nölke, solution line manager at SEN, says: “The G&D products will extend our security systems integration business and thus complement our current portfolio. Our identity and privacy solutions help customers to implement the latest requirements in secure and reliable unified-communications and IT architectures in an efficient and targeted manner. By tightly integrating the G&D products into the TISA solution architecture, we will be offering our customers many advantages and new applications.”

Until now, SEN has primarily used smart cards featuring its own operating system for use as company ID and signature cards. SEN will now also include StarSign products from G&D in its portfolio. The StarSign product series offers a broad range of security tokens in a variety of form factors and for different operating systems. The tokens are easily incorporated into all standard IT systems and applications and provide reliable electronic proof of identity. The plan is to integrate the StarSign products into SEN’s totally integrated security architecture solution, which helps companies align security solutions with their own business models and implement them in a secure, efficient and targeted way.

The increasing mobility of employees and telecommuting create a major challenge for modern enterprises to protect their valuable intellectual property against unauthorized access. Particular emphasis is placed on security issues, and watertight security solutions are required for all systems and applications. Identity management includes areas such as maintenance of identities, rights and guideline administration, as well as user and access management.

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